The MetroFocus Team

David Brown – Executive Producer

MetroFocus Executive Producer David Brown has created, launched and run programs for major news outlets including CNN and Fox. As an executive producer at CNN, he ran the weekend afternoon edition of News Room, and formatted, launched and ran both At This Hour and Wolf simultaneously through 2014. At Fox, he launched and executive produced more than a few of its highest rated programs including The O’Reilly Report/The O’Reilly Factor, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, The Edge with Paula Zahn, The Crier Report hosted by Catherine Crier, and Geraldo At Large. He also reformatted and executive produced Fox & Friends and Fox & Friends Weekend for a number of years and created it’s successful digital component, The After the Show Show. In addition, he oversaw all of Weekend Primetime Programming for a number of years, and executive produced a variety of specials, including New Year’s Eve coverage live from Times Square in 2006 and 2007. David has worked closely with both clients and advertising executives to integrate branded marketing into programming he’s created. He is a five-time Emmy-nominated executive producer, winner of the New York Festival Award for “Best Breaking News Coverage 2015” (CNN), winner of “The Fair Media Council Award” and the “NOW Award” for his work with Tribune Broadcasting.

Rafael Pi Roman – Host

A native of Cuba, Rafael Pi Roman has anchored, hosted and produced public affairs and political news programs at Thirteen and WNET since 1992. Pi Roman served as executive producer, writer and host of the three-part special, “The City,” which covered the 1997 New York City mayoral race and won an Emmy in 1999. In 2001 Pi Roman became the host and senior editor of Thirteen’s primetime Emmy award-winning program, “New York Voices.” Pi Roman has been a contributing producer/correspondent for NYC-ARTS since 2009 and in 2010 he became co-host and co-executive producer of Thirteen’s weekly current affairs program, “New Jersey Capitol Report.” His television work has been honored by the Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences as well as by the Latino Coalition for a Fair Media. In 2005 Mr. Pi Roman was named one of the 25 most distinguished Hispanic men in New York City by the city’s premier Hispanic newspaper El Diario/La Prensa. In 2014, Pi Roman won a New York Emmy Award for On Camera Talent for his work as the Program Host of MetroFocus.

Jack Ford – Host
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Jack Ford has been everything from a successful broadcast journalist, to an author, and even a prominent trial attorney in the Northeast. His broadcasting career began in 1984 when he became an anchor at WCBS-TV in New York. From there, he’s worked at news outlets such as NBC News, NBC’s morning show “Today,” “Dateline,” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Most viewers recognize him as the primary legal correspondent for “NBC News” during the mid-90’s O.J. Simpson trial. Jack has worked as a CBS News legal analyst and is currently a correspondent for 60 Minutes Sports, along with hosting on MetroFocus.

Jenna Flanagan – Host

Jenna first knew she was destined for a career in journalism after following the weekly reports of the Muppet News Flash as a child. She went on to study communications and journalism at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts. In 1999, Jenna took her first job in the business as a Production Assistant for 1010WINS eventually working her way up to assistant editor. Working in a busy New York newsroom, she quickly learned what it takes to churn out a factual, engaging and newsworthy story on deadline. From there she took her first on-air position at WBGO, Newark Public Radio and began a lifelong love of public broadcasting. After WBGO, Jenna spent 6 ½ years writing, reporting and producing All Things Considered for WNYC in New York City. Her work has also aired nationally on NPR. Her television reports can be seen on WMHT’s award-winning public affairs show, New York NOW, which airs on PBS stations statewide.

Maddie Orton — Correspondent

Maddie Orton is an Emmy-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. Prior to working in television, Maddie’s focus was arts advocacy—galvanizing grassroots support for arts funding and education. She began reporting for WNET in 2013 with NJTV News and moved across the river to MetroFocus in 2017. In her time with WNET, Maddie has interviewed luminaries in the arts like Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro, Misty Copeland, and George Takei, and she’s covered everything from the latest technology in brain surgery to the latest hit show on Broadway. In 2017, Maddie completed her first documentary, I Can’t… I Have Rehearsal, which received a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award.

Naeem Douglas – Correspondent

Naeem Douglas began his career in journalism as a child when he started a newspaper for his block in West Philadelphia. He kept scores of local pickup basketball and football games and interviewed the beautiful characters that made up his neighborhood. His passion for news took him to Mansfield University where he graduated and eventually landed his first official job in news as a production assistant for NBC affiliate WCAU in Philadelphia. Naeem went on to report and fill-in anchor for News 12 The Bronx and Brooklyn. It was there Naeem learned to hone his storytelling skills as a “one-man-band.” He was the photographer, editor, and reporter for most of his stories at News 12. Eventually, Naeem went back to NBC 10 as a reporter. At NBC 10 he was nominated for an Emmy for his work covering breaking news. He’s also reported at New York 1 and worked as a writer/producer for CBS Network Radio and CBSN.

Senior Producer
Christina Timothy

Supervising Producer
Domenic Camia

Post Production Specialist
Tijuana Romero

Greg Shillinglaw

Associate Producers
Eduardo Hurtado
Heather Minton
Micaela Pascale
Joseph Wade

Lori Rothenbucher

Kerry Soloway
Stephen Maio
Steve Thompson
Rachel Pearl

Operations Manager
Sonoko Aoyagi Leopold

Production Manager
Lisa Richardson

Senior Production Coordinator
Eric Krugley

Voice Over
Jon Levine

Executive Producer, Local Production
Diane Masciale

John Servidio

For the WNET Interactive Engagement Group:

Chief Digital Officer
Daniel B. Greenberg

Head of Digital Production
Chris Mather

Associate Director
Karen Brazell

Director of Technology
Brian Patrick Lee

Senior Web Designer
Victoria Malabrigo


MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.


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